Hermitage Standouts Add Offers

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Hermitage High School (Richmond, VA) football standouts Theron Norman and Duan Perez-Means figure to be two of the more highly recruited players in the state of Virginia’s 2009 recruiting class. Norman, a 6-3, 185-pound wide receiver/safety, and Perez-Means, a 6-4, 215-pound defensive end/wide receiver/tight end prospect, each have at least two Division 1A scholarship offers in the fold already.

“Virginia Tech has offered both,” Hermitage head coach Patrick Kane said. “Syracuse has offered both and UVa has offered Theron. They are very excited about their opportunities. They will take spring break to check out the schools that have offered them at that point. Our spring break is in March, which is good because they might be able to check out some spring practices.”

Neither prospect has “even entertained” the idea of making an early decision, Kane said, though the Hermitage coach didn’t rule out the possibility. The Panthers duo attended a University of Virginia bowl practice in December, but other than that Coach Kane isn’t sure where else his talented juniors may have visited.

Although no offer has been extended, UVa has definite interest in Perez-Means. Both juniors have interest from a number of other programs, including Notre Dame.

“Notre Dame is very interested,” Kane said. “Coach Weis came by himself to shake their hands. That is all he is allowed to do at this point. He came by and he is definitely interested.”

As a junior last season, Perez-Means scored four touchdowns and had a safety from the defensive end position. At wide receiver, he recorded 22 receptions with eight touchdowns. Possible positions on the next level include defensive end, outside linebacker, wide receiver and tight end.

“Syracuse likes him on either side of the ball, probably as more of a tight end or defensive end,” Kane said. “Virginia Tech likes him on defense, probably as a defensive end.”

Norman lined up mainly at wide receiver and free safety for Coach Kane last season, tallying 30 receptions for 438 yards and three touchdowns on offense. He also played some quarterback, the position he likely will play